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The Portraits Of Madame De Pompadour: Celebrating The Femme Savante.

Goodman, Elise.

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ISBN 10: 0520217942 / ISBN 13: 9780520217942
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2000
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188 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. FRANCE. The portraits of Mme. de Pompadour (1721-1764), the beautiful and cultivated woman who became the official mistress of Louis XV, are the focus of this innovative study. Drawing from the memoirs of Pompadour's contemporaries and from primary and secondary sources in several disciplines, Goodman's wide-rangng study examines the treatment of the educated woman in French eighteenth-century portraiture and culture. Includes an Index. "Elise Goodman's stimulating and richly illustrated study recovers the visual record of women's place in the French Englightenment." -- Susan S. Lanser, University of Maryland (Key Words: Portraits, Madame de Pompadour, Elise Goodman, Louis XV, French Enlightenment, Jea-Marc Nattier, Mistresses, Francois Boucher). Bookseller Inventory # 86618X1

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Title: The Portraits Of Madame De Pompadour: ...

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Discovery Series Edition..

Book Type: book

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The femme savante portraits of Mme de Pompadour (1721 1764), the beautiful and cultivated woman who became the official mistress of Louis XV, are the focus of Elise Goodman’s innovative study. The portraits are generally admired as the most glamorous, celebrated likenesses of a woman created during the French Enlightenment, and Goodman’s book is the first to fully examine them in the context of the highly saturated feminist atmosphere that existed at the time.

Goodman is interested in the iconography of the portraits, especially as seen in three works done by François Boucher and one each by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour and François-Hubert Drouais. The overarching theme of the portraits is the celebration of a woman of beauty, intelligence, and sophistication. Mme de Pompadour was interested in the world of intellect and culture throughout her life and successfully fashioned herself into the most famous learned woman of the Enlightenment.

Drawing from the memoirs of Pompadour’s contemporaries and from primary and secondary sources in several disciplines, Goodman’s wide-ranging study examines the treatment of the educated woman in French eighteenth-century portraiture and culture. She discusses the relevance of the socio-cultural debate dubbed the "Women’s Quarrel," in which liberal writers campaigned for equity in women’s education, and the Parisian salon, the primary arena in which intellectual women educated themselves and contributed to Enlightenment culture.

While Goodman agrees with those who assume that Pompadour commissioned images of herself that would proclaim her cultural agendas and enhance her status at court she situates these portraits within the larger context of how cultivated women were represented in the Enlightenment. As was true of likenesses of woman readers, scientists, and musicians, Pompadour’s portraits are imbued with progressive ideas on women’s intellectuality and education. Abundantly illustrated, this is a book with great appeal for art historians, French cultural historians, women’s studies specialists, and a wide audience of general readers.

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"An immensely eloquent tour de force, demonstrating the complex and often contradictory position of women in both intellectual and visual culture. Goodman examines Pompadour as an icon of court culture who simultaneously represents sexuality and the life of the mind. The paintings are the visual record of a remarkable and self-conscious fashioning of femininity." —Dympna Callaghan, author of Feminist Companion to Shakespeare

"Elise goodman's stimulating and richly illustrated study recovers the visual record of women's place in the French Enlightenment. She traces a trend, engineered as much by the women themselves as by the artists who painted them, in which learning joins beauty to create a new iconography of female portraiture." —Susan S Lanser, author of Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice.

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